Posted by Lazerbeak on December 29, 2015
Welcome to the final Tuesdays With Lazerbeak of 2015! I hope you’re all enjoying this last week of the year and have had a little time to relax and catch up with friends and family. I’ve got a big Year In Review post for you today, but I wanted to lead off with a reminder that the Doomtree Webstore’s December Blowout Sale officially ends on Friday morning (1/1). You’ve still got time to save huge on over half of the items in the store, plus grab a few more of those crazy bundle deals and get 20% off of $100 orders. Check out all the info below and visit the Webstore right HERE.
OK, let’s get into this Doomtree Year In Review thing! 2015 has been our busiest year yet, with the release of our third official crew full-length All Hands, and the subsequent world touring and promoting that followed it. It’s been a crazy ride, and I think I can safely say that we’re all looking forward to catching our breath for a second before digging into solo records at the top of the new year. An enormous thank you to every single one of you that reads this blog, buys our albums, comes out to shows, picks up a t-shirt, turns a friend onto us, or spreads the word about Doomtree through whatever channels you have available to you. It’s easy for me to get sentimental around this time of the year, but I’m continually floored at the support and dedication shown to this crew, and I’m extremely grateful for the ability to do this job for a living. We appreciate you immensely. Team The Best Team til the very end.
Without further ado, here’s the Doomtree Year In Review!
Doomtree – “Gray Duck” Music Video (dir. by Andrew Melby)
Mike Mictlan – “so so STRAYNGE” Music Video (dir. by Adam Dunn)
Dessa – “Sound The Bells” Music Video (dir. by Daniel Cummings)
Hands on All Hands Promo Video (vizualz by Ander Other)
February was all about spreading the All Hands word. The guys continued to knock out sold-out show after sold-out show throughout the South, East Coast, and Midwest, with a triumphant homecoming release show at First Avenue at the end of the month. PLUS WE RELEASED OUR VERY OWN CAN OF BEER WITH SURLY!
Doomtree – “Final Boss” Music Video (dir. by Maria Juranic)
Surly Doomtree – All Hands, No Kings: A Collective Collaboration
Mike Mictlan – “benicio DEL TORSO” Music Video (dir. by Adam Dunn)
Koo Koo Kangaroo feat. P.O.S – “Shake It Well”
Toki Wright – “I’m Not Lying” (produced by Lazerbeak)
Doomtree All Hands Release Show Recap (dir. by Chris Hadland)
Doomtree All Hands Tour – Southern California Recap (dir. by Ricardo Zapata)
Doomtree SXSW 2015 Recap (dir. by Ricardo Zapata)
Doomtree – “Cabin Killer” (Live on KEXP)
April finally saw a little downtime and the release of two more music videos from All Hands. We officially released the album overseas in Europe, and Dessa hit the road solo for a stint with Welcome to Night Vale and her first headlining European trek.
Doomtree – “Beastface” Music Video (dir. by Isaac Gale)
Doomtree – “.38 Airweight” #LAAB Music Video (dir. by Adam Dunn)
From Indian Lakes – “Sleeping Limbs” (Paper Tiger Remix)
Sims – “15 Blocks” (Lazerbeak Remix)
Astronautalis – “Papillon” (produced by Lazerbeak)
Doomtree – “Gray Duck” (Live on Consequence of Sound’s Off the Avenue)
Doomtree Rhapsody Interview
In June we dropped the special 10-year-anniversary edition of Lights Out Paris, along with a ton of new remixes and unreleased B-sides (grab that right HERE). The guys took off on the mammoth European and UK legs of the All Hands Tour, hitting major international festivals like Glastonbury and Roskilde along the way.
Sims – “Tape Deck” (Paper Tiger Remix)
Sims Talks Lights Out Paris 10-Year Anniversary
Lights Out Paris Hands On Video (vizualz by Ander Other)
Sean Anonymous feat. P.O.S and Lizzo – “Big Bang”
Doomtree – “Final Boss” (Live at Baeble’s SXSW Showcase)
July was filled with even more overseas shows and a breakout performance at Justin Vernon’s first-ever Eaux Claires Festival in Wisconsin (man, that was a fun weekend), plus we announced The Doomtree Zoo at the end of the month, our very own Doomtree festival.
Doomtree – “Generator” Music Video (dir. by James Gundersen)
Doomtree Zoo Playlist
Mike Mictlan – “CLAPP’D” Music Video (dir. by Kron)
Doomtree Zoo Promo Video 1 (vizualz by Ander Other)
Black Futures ft. P.O.S – “Love”
Kicked the Doomtree Zoo buzz into a frenzy and worked tirelessly to put all the pieces together, while hitting up Riot Fest Chicago, Rifflandia, Riot Fest Toronto, Boston Calling, and a string of East Coast club dates with Speedy Ortiz along the way. We also unveiled Pop Quiz, Hot Shot, our very own All Hands online trivia game, with our good friends over at Clockwork. You can still check out Pop Quiz, Hot Shot for a few more days before it’s gone for good right HERE.
Doomtree Zoo Promo Video 2 (vizualz by Ander Other)
Doomtree Zoo Promo Video 3 (vizualz by Ander Other)
DOOMTREE ZOO!!!!! Still can’t believe what a truly memorable and beautiful day that was. Afterwards I spent an unforgettable week in Korea with my sister’s birth family and then rejoined the crew for a week-long West Coast string of shows. Pop Quiz, Hot Shot drew to a close with the announcement of some huge sweepstakes winners, and we dropped the P.O.S-directed “Heavy Rescue” video. Mixed Blood Majority announced our second full-length album with lead single “Same Thing Coming.”
Doomtree Zoo Photo Recap (pics by Zoe Prinds-Flash)
Doomtree – “Heavy Rescue” Music Video (dir. by P.O.S)
Mixed Blood Majority – “Same Thing Coming” (produced by Lazerbeak)
We closed out our summer and fall festival runs by hitting Witching Hour Festival in Iowa and the 10th-annual Fun Fun Fest in Austin, all while gearing up for our last leg of the Off in the Deep Tour. Mixed Blood Majority promo ramped up with the release of two more singles and the announcement of a main support slot on the Doomtree tour, plus a co-headlining release show at First Ave with P.O.S and GRRRL PRTY.
Mixed Blood Majority – “Insane World” (produced by Lazerbeak)
Mixed Blood Majority – “Foxes Den” (produced by Lazerbeak)
We kicked the month off with the announcement of our webstore’s December Blowout Sale (which you can still take advantage of RIGHT HERE for a few more days). Mixed Blood Majority officially dropped Insane World and tore down First Ave with a jam-packed release show. One more crew show on the books this year: December 31st at International Market Square for the 12th-annual Crystal Ball party (tickets available HERE). We take the stage at 10pm.
Mixed Blood Majority – “Blinded” (Live on 89.3 The Current)
Mixed Blood Majority Release Show Photo Recap (pics by Zoe Prinds-Flash)
Lizzo – “Ride” (produced by Lazerbeak)
Crystal Ball New Year’s Eve Promo Video
Speaking of that Crystal Ball show, I got a chance to go on FOX 9 news on Christmas Eve to talk about the show, along with event producer Dan Vargas and a couple of the many Star Wars characters who will be representing all night long (don’t ask, it’s crazy). Here we all are in the green room pre-interview.
And here I am living my lifelong dream of popping champagne on live morning television. Cross that on off the old bucket list.
You can still grab tickets to the show right HERE. Really looking forward to putting an huge exclamation point on 2015 with this party. Hope to see a ton of you there.
I was in such a good mood by the time I got home from all the family activities that evening that I decided to make a quick playlist of all my favorite Christmas jams. Without further ado, I give you Lazerbeak’s Christmix 2015. 20 of my all-time favorite holiday heaters from Luther, Donny, Stevie, Mariah, Ariana, Julian, Killers, Phoenix, Carly Rae, Kellz, O’Jays, Boyz II Men, Luther (again, duh), and Kanye. Check it out on Spotify right HERE and get a glimpse at the mix’s impromptu cover below (my first ever-attempt at graphic design — NAILED IT).
Bing bing bing bing. That about does it for this year. I’ll leave you with my annual cheeseball holiday card from my family to yours. How the photographer ever actually captured all three of our kids smiling is still a mystery to me. God bless her. Merry Christmas from Crab Man Cam, Laid Back Lou, Young Nelpz, Lazerbeak, and The Wifepiece.
Here’s one more Bonus Pic from the first-ever Mader Allen Family Christmas. Jeff and Alison are Birttany and I’s dearest and oldest friends, and between our two familes we have a total of five truly buck children. We decided it was only right to get our broods together and dress up in matching Pizza Pajamas over the holidays. Drink it in folks. Another bucket list item bites the dust.
BAM! Another year down. Thanks for continuing to check in with me every Tuesday on this blog. I wish you all a truly amazing new year filled with joy and laughter and Old Navy sweatshirts and endorsement deals. Hope you have a great time ringing 2016 in on Thursday night. See you next year!